Lime­house moor­ings re­fusal over­turned

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A de­ci­sion by plan­ning of­fi­cer to refuse con­tro­ver­sial plans to turn part of the free vis­i­tor moor­ing area in the Re­gent’s Canal’s Lime­house Basin in Lon­don into paid-for pon­toon berths is set to be over­turned.

The pro­pos­als by Canal & River Trust mari­nas sub­sidiary BWML had at­tracted crit­i­cism from wa­ter­ways and boat­ing groups in­clud­ing the In­land Wa­ter­ways As­so­ci­a­tion’s Lon­don Re­gion on the grounds that it re­duced valu­able space for as­sem­bling con­voys of in­land craft head­ing onto the Thames Tide­way and for a refuge for craft off the river in poor con­di­tions. Af­ter the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion was sub­mit­ted ear­lier this year, there were suf­fi­cient ob­jec­tions that Tower Ham­lets plan­ning of­fi­cer Hoa Vong rec­om­mended re­fusal on grounds that the plans were not sup­ported.

How­ever his de­ci­sion was sub­se­quently over­turned when re­viewed by man­agers, who in­stead rec­om­mended that the full meet­ing of the plan­ning com­mit­tee should ap­prove the ap­pli­ca­tion. As we went to press no date had been set for this meet­ing.

Some of these moor­ings could be re­placed by paid-for pon­toons

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